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Old 01-22-2020, 03:33 PM
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I've been itching to get a shot at White Perch. I'm gonna do it this year! Last winter I tried but failed to succeed.


My question is: How far south do I need to go to have a chance to catch some decent size and decent numbers of fish? From where I'll be starting it's all about the same drive time to the Mulica River area or Toms River.

I'm more familiar with the northern half of the state, and would love to hear that, say, the Navesink holds such fish.
Any help here would be appreciated. You could even PM me if you feel inclined.

Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2020, 05:52 PM
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problem is access, as always, in spots where these fish are.

I only hear about the Mullica and Great Egg Harbor Rivers, and 99%
are catching from boat. There are a few land spots on the mullica, and
a couple of related tribs; A few more on the GEHR, and related tribs.

What the local expert tackle shop, Absecon Bay Sport Shop on facebook, shares
is that most are being found in deeper holes, thus boats have the best shot.

I know *nothing* about white perch in the rivers north of the Mullica.

Whatever you do, get minnows and/or grass shrimp and use a size 2 (maybe a size 4 would be ok) or up to a 1/0, high / low rig for the best shot.

You would use 1 minnow per hook, or multiple grass shrimp per hook.
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problem is access, as always, in spots where these fish are.

I only hear about the Mullica and Great Egg Harbor Rivers, and 99%
are catching from boat. There are a few land spots on the mullica, and
a couple of related tribs; A few more on the GEHR, and related tribs.

What the local expert tackle shop, Absecon Bay Sport Shop on facebook, shares
is that most are being found in deeper holes, thus boats have the best shot.

I know *nothing* about white perch in the rivers north of the Mullica.

Whatever you do, get minnows and/or grass shrimp and use a size 2 (maybe a size 4 would be ok) or up to a 1/0, high / low rig for the best shot.

You would use 1 minnow per hook, or multiple grass shrimp per hook.
Don?t forget those Bayyaker shrimp teasers o
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Go wayyyyyy back, Mays Landing rt 50 area
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Go wayyyyyy back, Mays Landing rt 50 area
Sorry, rt 40 not rt50
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Go wayyyyyy back, Mays Landing rt 50 area
What he said.. Mays Landing, they are in brackish water for the winter.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:09 AM
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I looked at the Google map of Mays Landing and there looks like a potentially accessible fishing spot by the Rte 50 bridge by the Mays Landing Marina.
I'm not in a hurry and will wait for either much warmer or much colder weather to try it.


Is that area tidal? I think that I don't need a NJ fresh water license to fish brackish tidal waters.
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Old 01-23-2020, 08:27 AM
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I looked at the Google map of Mays Landing and there looks like a potentially accessible fishing spot by the Rte 50 bridge by the Mays Landing Marina.
I'm not in a hurry and will wait for either much warmer or much colder weather to try it.


Is that area tidal? I think that I don't need a NJ fresh water license to fish brackish tidal waters.
Looks like you need a license at the Mays Landing bulkhead park off of Rt. 40

https://www.thefisherman.com/index.c...29&ParentCat=8

If you look at the fw digest, says the license is required above Gravelly Run

https://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digfsh20_pdf.htm pg. 32
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https://www.topoquest.com/map.php?la...=zoomin&size=m
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Those areas around Mays Landing used to be hotbeds of Herring netting back when it was legal.

There was a loophole in the regs, that if you didn't have any fishing gear with you, you didn't need a license to collect "bait" with a net. Guys would go around the creeks in the area where the runs occurred with cast nets and fill up coolers. No wonder why the runs dropped off... though likely offshore netters did even more damage.

While I'm on this digression (better here than the reports thread), I remember seeing the dip netters at the Shadow Lake spillout in Middletown, back in the day. Didn't even know much about herring runs and how productive they were until many years later (just a few before it was shut down, in fact).

Anyhow, hope you get out. The White Perch apparently start dropping down to all salt by March, though they are found throughout the river systems basically all year, one size or another.
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They hold in the Hackensack river and catch on small freshwater rooster tails.
Not to big but the occasional is.
They catch on the moving tides.
Again, access, but Google is you friend.
Toxic waters so I wouldn't eat them although the bucket brigades have yet to grow a third eye.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:35 AM
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I work in Princeton and have seen people catch them in the Carnegie Lake right here. That's not what I am after, though. The Hackensack River is a fine place, but not fine enough to draw me.
I've never fished the Mulica River, and am intrigued by the thought of catching these striper cousins in tidal water.


This is all being drummed up to get me through the striperless season, of course.
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The other place would be the South Jersey Delaware tribs, though I don’t know those areas. There are anglers who have great catches over there. I couldn’t even begin to suggest where to go, no less from land. I just know they get a lot of perch over there (talking down somewhere near Fortescue WMA). It would take some research.
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That's exactly the info I needed! Thanks Rob.
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